Uganda Cranes former captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda on Friday announced retirement from national team duty after 13 years of service.
Mawanda will revel playing the beautiful game at the highest level for at least two decades, representing the Uganda Cranes at two Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon (2017) and Egypt (2019). In a message posted on his official facebook page, Mawanda described the day of retirement from national team service as one of reflection and gratitude. “Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude,” read part of the statement from Wasswa. “Playing for Cranes has been a tremendous honour. During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I’ve always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion, and perseverance’ he added.
The 33 year old graduate of Business Administration from Makerere University of Business School (MUBS), played football at Kampala Capital City Authority (two stints) as well as Sports Club Villa in Uganda. The versatile midfielder who also featured as a center back for the Cranes managed a total of 75 caps for the Uganda national football team.
Away from Uganda, Hassan Wasswa has played for St George (Ethiopia), FC Cape Town (South Africa), Karabukspor (Turkey), Altay (Turkey), Kayseri Erciyesspor (Turkey), Dong Nai (Vietnam), Al Shorta (Iraq), Nejmeh Sporting Club (Lebanon), Tala’ea El Gaish Sporting Club (Egypt) and lately Jeddah club in Saudi Arabia